Giants, A’s give fans something to cheer about |

Giants, A’s give fans something to cheer about

Baseball fans have something to cheer about this week as the Bay Area boys of summer begin their trek to the second Bay Bridge World Series.

There were times this season when fans and critics alike counted the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants out of contention. Both were trailing by double digits in their respective divisions. It was the A’s who pulled it out Thursday to win the American League West. The Giants left the Dodgers in the dust Saturday to earn the wild-card spot in the National League.

Their style of play is different, their rosters one of youth and one of age, one ballpark is a garish tribute to a football owner while the other is a jewel among diamonds.

Those in the know did not predict these Bay Area teams would be suiting up in October. With the A’s star player being lost to free agency in the off-season to the men in pinstripes, there was a huge vacuum in the lineup. Miguel Tejada stepped up to more than fill the shoes of Jason Giambi. Tejada’s late-inning heroics make it all look so easy. All eyes will be on him Tuesday when the A’s take on the Minnesota Twins in the best-of-five games in Oakland.

Across the bay are the Giants, who are in the playoffs for the second time in their three years at Pacific Bell Park. They travel to Atlanta to open the series against the Braves on Wednesday. With stars who are well into their 30s, this team is old — especially compared to the young upstarts in Oakland. No matter, they define age as experience.

Barry Bonds added a batting title this year to his list of personal accomplishments. Now the slugger wants to slide a ring onto his finger. A World Series title would be a perfect exclamation to a stunning career.

We wish the A’s and Giants all the luck in the playoffs so they can reach the World Series — minus an earthquake.

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